Paving the way for CMSD students

Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students are provided with a host of career mentoring opportunities throughout the school year to help them understand the full spectrum of career and educational options available to them and to ready them for those careers.

Career Compass

Individuals from a variety of career backgrounds meet with the students to discuss their careers. Students are provided with a list of “20 Questions” to try to guess their guests’ field of work. Volunteers share their personal educational and career journey, as well as give students some insight around other possibilities in their field. Volunteers are then paired in group of two or three and rotate between classrooms spending 15-20 minutes with small groups of students.

Volunteers are needed for the dates below. To give a few hours of your time to broaden the horizons of these high school students, contact Evie DuVernay (216-592-2296).

Career Compass is supported in part by Huntington Bank.

2018-2019 Career Compass Dates

Thomas Jefferson High School
(3145 W 46th St, Cleveland, OH 44102)

  • December 14, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • January 25, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • February 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • February 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • March 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • March 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • April 5, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

John Marshall High School
(3952 West 140th St, Cleveland, OH 44111)

  • January 11, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • January 18, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
  • February 15, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • February 22, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
  • March 15, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • March 22, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
  • April 12, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • April 26, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
  • May 17, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • May 24, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Ongoing Career Mentoring

Career mentors are also matched with individual and small groups of students for a more in-depth mentoring experience. Mentors work with the students on interview skills, help expand their horizons regarding career options and educational opportunities. Mentor across career levels and sectors are needed.

Internship Preparedness Program

This program aims to prepare high school students to enter the professional workplace. Topics can include: professional attire, resume building, interviewing skills, Microsoft Office 101, effective workplace communication, networking 101, public speaking, social media use in the workplace, and phone and email etiquette. It occurs during the first two weeks of the school year. Volunteers, particularly managers and/or H.R. professionals are needed.